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Re: Hyperion Redwood: Tallest Known Tree
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2009, 07:00:56 PM »
Here's a description of the location for boaters that might want to hike the rail road with the steam donkeys, has GPS position from the water's edge. I seem to recall some type of wharf or landing there all run down. I could see why the Haida made those Islands their homes. :)

"East Moresby Is., Cumshewa Inlet -  53°01' Gillatt Arm - trail to Skidegate Lake along old railway line. Passes old steam donkey engine and remains of Aero camp - 4 miles; also trail to mosquito Lake. "

Taken from http://www.island.net/~bcamp/#HHHH

I've also been on a lot of other trails up on Graham Island. In recent years I believe they have been trying to conserve those places as heritage sites of sorts.
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Re: Hyperion Redwood: Tallest Known Tree
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2009, 07:06:55 PM »
The wet climate is not for me, but it is drier over there than the coastal mainland. Still wet.  ;)
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Re: Hyperion Redwood: Tallest Known Tree
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2009, 10:39:47 PM »

I saw a photo not long ago of logs being slid down a road or up a road that looked stairstepped with small logs across. Anything like the coduroy roads you referred to? Or something altogether different?


Here is a link that shows a picture of Oxen pulling logs on a skid road.Is that the type of road you  saw? It was common on the West Coast before the turn of the century.The skid road had sleepers,or logs(skids) layed crosswise and sunk halfway in the ground and had a notch cut out of the middle to guide the log.The skids were greased regularily with lard or whale oil or what have you and the greaser(PF) rode on a small carved boat called a "pig" which had the grease and brushes and other tools and was hooked to the last log and dragged behind the turn.
The Bull Puncher stayed up with the lead Ox when pulling the turn but he would ride the Pig on the way back out.

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Another link with a good pic

Skidroad

Ground lead to my understanding involves a steam donkey with at least one drum and the line was run out through the fairlead to the log in the bush.When the turn was hooked up,the donkey puncher went ahead on it and dragged the log along the ground.Ground lead makes some real trenches and will plow the soil up just like a farmer's plow.
The operation in the pictures here show a ground lead show on a little rail line.The line is hauled back out in the bush with a "line horse"

See in the first pic how the ground is trenched? There were a lot more men involved in taking a log out of the bush back then.

 



This next one is a close up of the steam donkey and the line horse

 



and the gin pole and L tongs to horse the logs onto the car.

 



The pics are a little blurry but it was the best I could dowith the camera,I've had this picture for over 20 years and it hangs in our living room.
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Re: Hyperion Redwood: Tallest Known Tree
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2009, 10:20:59 PM »
This thread discussed some about steam-powered winches.

Ran across this one yesterday at a local "junk/surplus" dealer. Rusted, and some broken cast parts on the capstan "pulley", but otherwise was pretty complete (with wire rope).

 

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Re: Hyperion Redwood: Tallest Known Tree
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2009, 06:31:35 AM »
I wonder if something like that would have been on a boat?
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